Miosotis Familia has been identified as the police officer who was killed during 4th of July celebrations. While sitting in a police vehicle, Familia was approached and killed by an ex-con by the name of Alexander Bonds.
The tragedy has caused shock waves in the community after the NYPD commissioner labeled the act as an “unprovoked attack.”
Officer Familia who was of Dominican origin, has been regarded as a ‘good officer’ who spent most of her life looking for others.
Read below everything you need to know about her in her top 7 facts.
1. Miosotis Familia is survived by three children and her mother.
The 48-year-old has been described as a devoted mother of three. She is leaves behind a 20-year-old daughter and 12-year-old twins — a boy and a girl. According to neighbors she tended to her aging mother, too.
2. She attended Ohio State University’s College of Medicine.
According to her LinkedIn, Miosotis later majored in applied sciences and psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice between 2007-09.
3. She is a former nurse.
She spent five years as a nurse at New York University Hospital, and another two working for the American Red Cross as a Medical Assistant.
4. She changed careers.
In mid 2005 she entered the NYPD, spending the last 12 years of her life keeping New York City safe as a well-regarded member of the police department.
5. She was a member of the NYPD’s Dominican Officers Association.
The NYPD’s Dominican Officers Association president Raysa Galvez, recalled Familia as a role model who never turned her back on anyone in need.
6. Surveillance cameras captured the moment of her assassination.
Police sources told ABC News that there is surveillance footage, which appears to show the suspect “purposefully” walking up to the vehicle and shooting at the passenger side. ABC7 reports that she was writing notes at the time, so she might not have seen Bonds coming.
7. Her killer was shot dead.
After Familia’s partner, Officer Vincent Maher called for backup two officers arrived, shooting and killing the suspect, identified as Alexander Bonds.
We send our deepest condolences to the officer’s family.